The Heavy Hipster: Lost in Manchester, Tennessee!

not really lost, just camping for five days! i’ll be updating about my trip as soon as i get back, get settled in, and get a shower. i’ll be updating Facebook/Twitter on the regs. i may even send out inebriated text messages! if you do opt into the opportunity to have Kara muthafuckin’ Lairson send you text messages throughout my rampage in Manchester, you can’t judge my state of mind. just a disclaimer.  i hope everyone has a great weekend. see you all on Monday!



The Heavy Hipster Encounters the Veg-Bergers: Burgers, Cupcakes, and Two Fast Miles

back at work :"

happy Tuesday afternoon, everyone! i hope your first day back to work after the long weekend hasn’t proven to be too stressful, ridiculous, or difficult to endure. coming back to work is one of the hardest feats to accomplish, especially if you’ve had a great, fun-filled weekend. my weekend was great and i regret that it went too fast for me to fully appreciate both the company and the rest i managed to achieve. as previously noted in my last post, i spent some time with some amazing ladies at a bachelorette party, spent some time with my family, and generally got back on the exercise wagon. but, great sometimes, great things happen to me, and by great things, i mean running the fastest two miles i have ever run and coming into contact with some of the most delicious food i’ve ever had the privilege of eating. these great things happened to me last night and they deserve to be shared with the WORLD.

yesterday, i woke up and ate a big bowl of bran flakes, almond milk, and banana to get some protein and potassium running through my system. i had planned on having a pretty ridiculous workout schedule and i wanted to make sure my body was adequately fueled for the stress of a hard workout. i started with my weights, because i read somewhere that lifting before running/cardio actually burns more calories and is more successful than if cardio comes before weight training. i’m actually becoming super comfortable with the weight lifting section in the gym and the more comfortable i become, the more intense my workouts become and the better i feel about my working out as a whole. after my arms and ab work, i jumped on the elliptical for 20 minutes to get my muscles warmed up for my run. i broke an awesome sweat on the elliptical and decided i was ready to get my run on and do some work, son. i ran one mile, walked for 30 seconds or so, and then jumped back into running and ran another mile because that 30 second break was all i needed. the last .15 of a mile on the second mile was difficult but, when i finished with my running, i discovered…


i ran my fastest two miles EVER. i finished two miles in 12:46, which is a 12:22 pace. it put me in literally the best mood i’ve felt in awhile. i felt so accomplished and so proud of what i had done. seeing progress after months and months of failing and succeeding in the running sector definitely boosts motivation and makes me look forward to working out so i can try again next time i run. sometimes, i think i am just afraid of succeeding. but, because of my successes this weekend and because i am feeling more motivated than ever, i plan (when i get paid) on registering for the Iron Horse Half Marathon on October 23rd, in Midway, KY. 13.1 miles of running and i feel that with the rate i am going at right now, i can be ready for this in October. i think i have also decided to postpone my 5k this weekend because i cannot afford it right now and because i’m just nervous about my inability to finish it. i think, again, i’m just scared. maybe i will do it, who knows. it’s only $20 dollars. maybe i should just suck it up and run the damn race. i’ll let you all know how it goes.

now, on to the food. the following foods are not foods that i cooked, but foods that i feel honored to have had the chance to eat because, ladies and gentlemen, i came into contact with the Dynamic Vegan Duo, the Veg-Bergers! last night, boyfriend and i traveled to his mom’s house for dinner and i was greeted with literally some of the best food i’ve eaten in awhile (healthy and vegan, too, obvs). dinner consisted of some delicious baked beans, some corn on the cob, and

real, true-life homemade veggie burger. SRSLY.

a real, made-from-scratch veggie burger, packed with vegetables and other healthy ingredients! they formed them into patties and cooked them on the stove. they. were. incredible! there’s something so incredibly satisfying about eating food prepared completely from bottom up and knowing every ingredient in the food i’m eating.  my mouth is watering thinking about it. the burger was  topped with vegan cheese, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, mustard, ketchup, and some veganaise. DELICIOUS. i’m sure they’ll have a recipe posted, but in all seriousness, if you have any interest in making some healthy, vegan food, even just once in awhile, make looking at their blog one of your TOP priorities in life. then, the moment i had been waiting for had finally arrived and i got to eat a bona fide Veg-Berger creation: the Strawberry Frappuccino Cupcake.

Strawberry Frappuccino Cupcake!

glorious. heavenly. wonderful. i had two of them last night

glorious. heavenly. a full serving of fruit!

and would have probably eaten many more. they had a full serving of fruit in them, topped with a bombastic strawberry glaze oh dear god. you just wish you could have been me. i could LIT-TRA-LEE go on for days and days and paragraphs and paragraphs about the phenomenal nature of these cupcakes, but i’ll stop. you know you’re jealous.

Katie, a creator of the Veg-Bergers, lookin' RUUUHL NICE.

consider this a blog crossover. oh yeah.

i also discovered last night that i should probably be taking an iron supplement. i looked at those big bad boys last night at Kroger and they’re like 9 dollars. i should probably just get over the shock of seeing items necessary to my health being so high priced. i should probably also invest in some protein powder, too. i’ll have more about these developments as they progress.

today, i woke up kind of late and screwed around until it was too late to get in the work out i had planned. but, instead of doing nothing, like i would have done a couple of weeks ago, i got up, put my gym clothes on, and went to the gym and worked out on the elliptical for about 25 minutes. i figure any sort of activity is better than no activity, and i got my heart rate up for a good portion of time today. i should have walked to work, but instead, i went and got subway (9 grain oat, pickles, green peppers, banana peppers, lettuce, spinach, onions, and mustarrrrd) with a pack of their apples. it was delicious, but i’m already hungry again. i do not know if it’s because my body is burning food faster now that i’m back on consistent work out plan or if it’s because i’ve not had a good dose of protein today. i really want a cookie right now– maybe my sugar is low? i’m learning to look at contents of the food itself, rather than the food, to figure out if my cravings mean i’m low on some nutrient. steamed vegetables also sound AWESOME right now.

well, that’s it for this Heavy Hipster today. i’ve got lots of cool plans for the rest of this week and this weekend. next week is Bonnaroo and i’m beginning to make the necessary preparations to make sure we have everything we need, including an adequate amount of food. i’m looking in to making my own granola. hopefully, i’ll get on the ball and have pictures up soon! have a great day and stay healthy, y’all.

Bachelorettes, Parents, and Wood Chip Trails!

summer sun

if i look a little rough to you, it’s because i am feeling rather rough today and not because of alcohol consumption as you may be led to believe, but because of my general amount of activity throughout the course of this weekend. it is also due to how many times i’ve fucking sneezed in the past 24 hours; i look like Rudolph the fucking Red Nosed Reindeer in person, which is why this picture is taken from a safe, polite, flattering distance. i don’t need y’all to see the busted nose in my veins and my bloodshot, watering eyes. at least from this point, i just look sun-kissed and slightly beachy. i hope this weekend has been grand for you and that you’re fully enjoying the three day weekend (if you have one) due to memorial day. i have been out and about and around all weekend and am feeling pretty positive about the upcoming week.

saturday morning, i dragged my happy ass (or not so happy at that point) out of bed at 6:45am to join some fellow runners/joggers/walkers at the Wood Chip Trail on campus. we all met up and i ran the first mile, finishing 1.03 miles in 13:17, which puts me at a 12:50 pace. i’m actually very proud. we reversed the way we went around the course and i walked around for the second mile and then the third time around, we ran/walked it for some light interval training. at first, i was nervous about meeting up with other people and running with them, fearful i wouldn’t be able to talk or listen to the conversations around me. what i found, though, is that the conversation kept my mind off of running and off of focusing on the time in which i complete my miles. so, for the next few times i run, i am not going to worry about my pace. i am going to have fun with my running and go for my distances and if that means walking some portions of my run, that’s fine, as long as i eventually start running again. if you’re interested in joining our little posse that meets on Saturday mornings, hit me up and i’ll fill you in on the deets. additionally, when i got home, i did a pretty sweet weight workout with the 5 pound weights i scored from Rhianna before she moved. incredible sadness. my thighs hurt like a mofo today, but it was totally worth it.

yesterday, i went to a bachelorette party and not just any bachelorette party, but the bachelorette party for one of my dearest friends

raychell. her and her fiancée, who i have known for a large portion of my life, are getting married this summer. i know it’s incredibly creepy for me to post one of their engagement pictures on my blog, but i felt it was necessary. these two are so perfect for one another and i am SO honored to be involved in this ceremony. raychell is one of the most wonderful people on the face of the planet, so spending yesterday with her, and a bunch of other wonderful, gorgeous, PHENOMENAL ladies, was so encouraging for me. we got nails done, ate at Saul Good in Lexington, and had a pretty bomb ass party last night. i am so thankful to call those women sisters and friends and out of the great conversations we had last night, i am feeling more motivated than EVER. the reason i bring this up, though, is to discuss some drinkage i made. i did not take pictures of it, which i regret, but i totally made the Sunny White Sangria from Oh She Glows. i made two batches; one batch was made with Moscato wine, while the other was made with Riesling. i also made a virgin variety for those who were not partaking in alcohol, which was made with sparkling apple cider. i added cherries to the mix and the sangria was DELICIOUS. it was incredibly refreshing and light. i will be making this again throughout the summer for different functions. i was very proud of my sangria.

another reason i bring this up is because i ran, literally ran, through Meijer to get the necessary supplies. there was no walking, and if was walking, i was speed walking. mostly, i was jogging up and down the aisles, desperately trying to get all the shit i needed, and you know what i noticed? i did not get out of breath in these short bursts of energy. maybe it was the adrenaline, knowing i was in a time crunch or maybe I AM ACTUALLY GETTING SOMEWHERE WITH CARDIO. we’re going with option B, because it makes me feel good.

today, i went out to my parents’ house to eat and hang out with my family. i did some swimming and kicking around in the pool, and while i wasn’t doing vigorous laps in an olympic-size pool, i was still moving my limbs about, getting sunburned in the process. while i did not eat very well today, because my mom’s food is so damn good and i eat way too much of it, i’d like to think there are some days, especially days celebrating family, where i do not have to be so vigilant and can relax, especially around my family.  outside of the queso and the ridiculously good potato salad my mom made, everything i ate was relatively healthy! a vegetarian hot dog, roasted corn on the cob, vegetarian baked beans mixed with black beans, and fresh watermelon topped my plate. i also had a piece of lemon meringue pie. whatever. it was good. we spent most of the afternoon sitting outside, enjoying the warm weather, except my allergies went absolutely apeshit on me within the first hour of being outside. they’re still bad. but


Carver had a really great day playing outside in the backyard!

in other news, i received both my teaching contract

scurry contract

and my BONNAROO WRISTBAND!!!!!!!!!!!


life is good. gym tomorrow. possible 5k Saturday. life is really good. stay healthy, y’all.